Monday, December 27, 2010

How “Bobby Thompson’’ {sic} Ran His Fake Navy Veterans Charity

And inquiring minds would like to know why Virginia's new Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, has been headlining positive news reports lately, even getting on the TV news shows. As while campaigning he got some 55grand from this phony, using someone else's name and everyone else's money, for his campaign coffers and then refused to investigate. Other states started their investigations, and now indictments, when this broke months back, while Cuccinelli still refused to give up those campaign funds until just recently. And he's now seeming to be the palinist rising star of the tepublican (T) party garnering the positive with no mention as to his judgment, as a lawyer, in the obvious criminal acts of which he benefited as the new states Attorney General!

Navy Vets leader made an unchecked rise into elite circles

[Special to the Times]: From the humble side of Tampa but supposedly with the heft of a charity 66,000 strong behind him, “Bobby Thompson’’ stood with those of the political stripe he supported: President George Bush, Karl Rove, Sen. John McCain and Ohio Rep. John Boehner

December 27, 2010 - Bobby Thompson came out of nowhere, as if he'd fallen from the sky.

He landed in Tampa in 1998, walked wherever he went and kept to himself. His landlord thought he looked like a bum.

He lived in a run-down, $1,200-a-month duplex on 17th Avenue in Ybor City, where the view from the front steps is concertina wire atop the fenced parking lot behind the Cuesta-Rey Cigar factory, and beyond, an elevated section of Interstate 4.

Thompson registered to vote as a Republican and told people he was retired Navy. He paid his rent in cash and kept cases of tequila in his kitchen. A big fan whirred in the living room. The landlord said Thompson was so tight he wouldn't spring for an $85 room air-conditioner.

In 2002, he submitted an application to the IRS to certify as tax exempt a charity he called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. He ran it from the duplex in Ybor City, along with a political action committee, Navy Veterans for Good Government.

A website was created that declared the Navy Veterans America's fourth-oldest such group. The site featured pictures of the nonprofit's top executives, including a retired Navy captain said to be a Texas investment banker.

State chapters opened. Membership soared. And after Thompson signed contracts with telemarketing companies, cash flowed, as Americans opened their wallets to support veterans and our fighting troops abroad.

Except almost all of it was made up — and not a donor or a real veteran or the IRS was any the wiser. {continued}

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